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Interactive Robotics Laboratory
Yu Gu, Professor

Gabrielle Hedrick


Gabrielle got her first master's degree in mining engineering and spent a year at a gold mine in South America before pursuing a second master's degree in planetary sciences at Washington University in St Louis and her PhD in aerospace engineering at WVU. As part of her research, she joined the NASA Mars Exploration Rover team and worked on the interaction rover/terrain and long term planning for Opportunity. She was also a documentarian for tactical operations with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. However, she decided to leave the science field and transferred to WVU to get her PhD degree in aerospace engineering, with a focus on robotics and Mars rovers. Outside of her graduate studies, Gabrielle is a firefighter at Cheat Lake VFD and a part-time EMT at Monongalia EMS. Her passions include sports, reading, and arts & crafts.

Research Interests

  • Planetary rover
  • Path planning